By Daniel Hunter

The Duke of York says British businesses need to be 'less polite' to compete with China.

Prince Andrew, who spent a decade as the UK's special trade representative, said that "there are other nations that are more keen to get the job than we are".

He told BBC 5 Live: "We have a large amount of economic activity with the United States, so we should not be afraid of having a large amount of activity with China.

"We are happy that we've taken part, done our best, but our best isn't good enough... we don't muscle, we don't push and shove, we're polite. It's British phlegm."

"We need to be more competitive and fight for what we have and what we've got, rather than being happy with being second best," he added.

"When I first went to China we were considered the Monday-to-Friday country, whereas the Germans would stay for the weekend. We have to think of that. But when I went to China recently, I was amazed at the number of Union flags I saw. It was extraordinary."

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